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The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Biography, Drama  |  20 April 1957 (USA)
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Charles 'Slim' Lindbergh struggles to finance and design an airplane that will make his New York to Paris flight the first solo transatlantic crossing.

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Bud Gurney
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Benjamin Frank Mahoney, President Ryan Airlines Co.
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Biography of Charles Lindburgh from his days of precarious mail runs in aviation's infancy to his design of a small transatlantic plane and the vicissitudes of its takeoff and epochal flight from New York to Paris in 1927. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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The Story Behind the Story of Lindbergh's Incredible Flight to Paris! See more »


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20 April 1957 (USA)  »

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L'odyssée de Charles Lindbergh  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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James Stewart wore heavy make up in the film, as he was playing a character half his actual age. See more »

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After Lindberg lands in Paris, he shuts off the engine. He sighs and looks at the St Christopher medal which is hanging on the airspeed indicator. The airspeed indicator shows 50mph with the needle dropping toward 40mph - the airplane was stopped, the A/S indicator should show 0 mph. See more »

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Reporter: [checking his copy] Here at the Garden City Hotel, less than a mile from Roosevelt Field... less than three-quarters of a mile from Roosevelt Field... everyone is waiting, as they have been now for seven days and nights, waiting for the rain to stop...
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La Marseillaise
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Music by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Arranged by Franz Waxman
Played briefly during the opening credits
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Lucky Lindy, Unlucky Jimmy
5 July 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's unfortunate that the story of Lindbergh's immortal flight to Paris was not made in the mid thirties before he got involved with the isolationist movement. If it had been James Stewart would have been perfect casting. Here with the help of some heavy duty makeup we have the 48 year old Stewart playing a 25 year old Charles Lindbergh. As earnest as James Stewart performance is, he just can't overcome that burden. He did much better in doing that in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance where both he and John Wayne played men much younger than they were. But there we didn't have a real person to measure it by.

This is also strange material for Billy Wilder to do. The cynical Mr. Wilder who's best at capturing the dark side of our nature and making fun of it, is kind of lost in a straight biographical picture about an All American Hero. Can you imagine what John Ford might have made of the Lindbergh story?

James Stewart had a life long love affair with aviation and I've always thought he approached the films he did on that subject with too much reverence. His best film on aviation was The Flight of the Phoenix which is a wildly improbable tale, made plausible by the fine collection of players, led of course by Stewart.

The Spirit of St. Louis is hampered by a reverential approach by the star and a director on unfamiliar ground.


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